That's a good police report, my Conservative friend. Thank you for sending it to me. I hadn't seen it before.
According to the police report, Sergeant Crowley acted very professionally. He has an exemplary record. I have a very high regard for this excellent police officer.
But Professor Gates is a fine man, too. According to the police report, he got a little too hot under the collar and flew off the handle without real provocation. I must admit that I haven't seen Professor Gates' statement as to why he got so incensed. Maybe he has a different version of what actually happened that day. I haven't seen his version of the facts.
However, we all have our bad hair days. These two guys have now talked things over, and I'm sure the situation between them has calmed down.
As for Obama, the question from the reporter specifically asked if he felt this incident reflected "racism" by the Boston police. Obama's response was that he didn't think it showed "racism", but rather that the Boston police had acted "stupidly". In saying that the Boston police had acted "stupidly", Obama was already trying to tone things down from the initial charge of "racism". Probably, he should have toned things down even further, particularly in light of the police report.
However, since then, Obama has retracted the word "stupidly", and he has taken a number of steps above and beyond what a typical American president would do to reconcile the two parties.
No one expected that the Right-Wing Attack Media would get its tits in a wringer over the word "stupidly", especially since Obama said it in virtually the same sentence in which he tried to tone down the rhetoric by saying he didn't think the Boston police were guilty of "racism" in this situation.